OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

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mace
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by mace » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:20 am

From another thread (saturation mod):
Wayno wrote: That being said, I love the rhythm sound of Appetite for Destruction. The combination of Izzy's Mark iii and Slash's Marshall is great in my opinion, neither of which are bottom heavy at all.
My current band does a lot of Appetite and I am the “Izzy”. I ended up dialing in Mark V channel 2 with gain at 11-12:00, treble 2:00, mid 2-3:00, bass 9-10:00, presence 12-1:00. It was a nice counter to the lead guy’s very fizzy distorted solid state Blackstar tones. The Mark V is on the rhythm part.

Here is a video from halloween (Izzy Spock) and I think I was in 45W mode with the diodes rectify-ing. vertical 2x12 mesa cabinet. Recording was a mix of the little Zoom 4HN and some direct channels.

Anyhoo, enjoy some local hacks out having fun. This video gives the best idea for the tone because the ryhthm part is somewhat alone, especially at the beggining.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8fs-4Whus7A

Slash was not in costume, that is that guy’s real hair!

For searchers: guns and roses tone gnr Izzy Slash
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by Wayno » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:03 am

Looks like great fun had by all. Nice crunch to your tone too. Compounds the valve verses solid state opinion for me. I like it, great tune too, love that song, really aggressive song. What guitar you using?
Her highness the Veenus
(Mark V/V4 & V7 12AT7 Combo)

2 x 12 Vertical Cab
GSP-1101

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Jackson Dinky XL with Duncan designed???
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by mace » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:22 am

It was a PRS Mark Holcomb model, the cheaper model (although still not real cheap). It plays really nice.
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by Wayno » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:19 pm

Nice, would love me a PRS one day. Passive pups yeah?
Her highness the Veenus
(Mark V/V4 & V7 12AT7 Combo)

2 x 12 Vertical Cab
GSP-1101

Gibson LP Studio with alnico ii pro
Schecter C1-XXX with emg 81/85 18v
Jackson Dinky XL with Duncan designed???
Sigma DNC-1STE

mace
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by mace » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:40 pm

yep! But pretty “hot” and geared more for the high gain stuff when volume pot is on 10. The tone cleans up really nice, though, when the volume is rolled back.
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by kurko1992 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:52 pm

hi guys, can you help me to get (more or less) the foo fighters tone with my MESA/Boogie Mark Five:35 Head?

thanks :P
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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by _AJ_ » Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:20 am

I know the amp has been around for a while, but I got mine (90W) about five months ago, and I'm still learning it. I think I've figured out some key elements that others might want to know about:

- Sit as much as possible with the speaker pointed directly at you when you adjust the settings. You have to be careful with volumes while doing it, to not damage your ears. But the sound is very directional - especially high frequencies, and especially with a single speaker. What you often find when you do that, if you've been standing above it while adjusting, is that you've been setting the Treble and Presence controls too high. And sometimes mids, depending on the mode.

- The Treble and Presence controls on the channels are very sensitive, and very small adjustments can make a big difference.

- There is always a balance between Pre- and Post- EQ. Generally, the higher the gain, the lower you should set EQ controls on the channel, and instead boost them at the end with the Slider or Preset EQ. Especially the high frequencies.

- A last tip, which applies to most master volume amps, is that you often want to ease back on the gain from where you thought you wanted it, and instead turn up the volume. That reduces the compression of preamp gain, which gives you a bigger, more open sound, while still getting the gain you want.

I found that all of this is how you avoid the "ice pick" harshness that a lot of people have complained about. Hope it helps others.

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Re: OFFICIAL MARK V TONE SETTINGS THREAD

Post by mace » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:41 pm

Hi there,

You are spot on about the Output volume or master volume and gain. That has by my experience as well.

I found that at home, at low volumes, channel 2 "CRUNCH" with gain at noon was just too weak, no sustain, no ooomph. But, when I'd gig, the amp just opens up and gives that narly classic rock punchy gritty tone on channel 2. So, yeah, maybe add gain for the bedroom low volume silkyness but back it off, like to noon or maybe 1-2 o'clock when at gig volumes (like 110 dB type levels) to get a grind with some great body and punch in crunch mode of channel 2.

Your other comments are good, too. Speaker placement/orientation is so important to overall high frequency cut. I mentioned this in the infamous "AT7 mod" thread, that the speaker placement has a huge influence on the agressiveness of the tone. The dB level does also, because human hearing is not linear over the audible dB range. Hence, the bedroom level high gain scoop, and gig more med gain flat settings.
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Jazz Settings?

Post by misterwiggles » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:52 am

Hi everyone -

I was browsing through all the settings suggestions. A lot of heavy, high-gain type of stuff - and I know this amp is amazing with that - but

What about some more subtle jazz settings? Anyone mess around with looking for these?

Any ideas are appreciated!

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